EFATHA Church Ministry clerics and several members have spent the entire night exorcising a legion of evil 'spirits' allegedly afflicting Kabwe Primary School located along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Nkasi District, Rukwa Region .
Impeccable reports recounted that the said spirits have been disquieting only girls at the school since November, last year. The school has a population of 2,085 pupils from Standard One to Seven out of them girls are more than 900.
The Kabwe Village Government Chairman, Richard Madeni, told the 'Daily News' over the phone that the evil spirits were only disturbing girls in Standard Five and Six at the school since November last year . Narrating the worrying incident, Mr Madeni further said that in February this year, the Efatha Church asked for permission from the village authorities to exorcise evil spirits 'camped' at the school and subsequently disturbing girls, he said the permission was granted to the church.
He further said that even after the Efatha Church clerics and its several members led a special prayers meant to banish evil spirits at the school, the number of the girls afflicted by the said spirits rose from six to twenty.
Earlier, the school's Deputy Head, Mr Lupa Godwin admitted during an interview with this paper that such 'crisis' has seen the number increasing to 20 girls towards the end of February, this year .
Kabwe Ward Councillor, (Special Seat) Ms Christina Simbakavu admitted that the issue has been tormenting parents, girls, teachers and citizens at large. The Acting Rukwa Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Emanuel Mtika, said "Villages along the shorelines of Lake Tanganyika in both Nkasi and Kalambo districts in the region including Kabwe Village are prone to malaria outbreak due to weather conditions and residents do not use mosquito nets at night," he added .
He advised the team of health officers from Nkasi District to be dispatched to the precinct to screen both students and citizens at the precinct for malaria